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The Rivers Restaurant and Bar

€€ - €€€Irish, , European
Cnr Gladstone Rd & Reads Qy, Gisborne, New Zealand
+64 8633733
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  • Excellent38%
  • Very good46%
  • Average12%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“guinness pie” (10 reviews)
“steak” (31 reviews)
Restaurant Hours
Irish, Bar, European, Pub, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
€€ - €€€
Cnr Gladstone Rd & Reads Qy, Gisborne, New Zealand
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Reviewed 1 week ago

My adult daughter and I made a booking for dinner early July but was told it was Quiz Night - did we still want to go? Oky doky - good that they mentioned that but we figured it would be fun and lively. The food...More

Thank WendyGAuckland
Melissa M, Owner at The Rivers Restaurant and Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thank you for your review. I am very sorry that you have had such a disappointing experience. We have 6 chefs and I am at a loss why one of my waitresses would think the fact one was leaving was an excuse for inadequate meals....More

Reviewed 1 week ago

Have been here a few times and have been very happy with my meals. A great atmosphere, albeit sometimes a bit noisy.

Thank Karen G
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It was quite busy the evening we went though the service was still very good. It didn't seem too long at all before we were served. So all in all a good experience.

Thank oldmanonthepoint
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We landed into Gisborne at 2pm and were starving...we stopped at Rivers and they happily served us a delicious lunch at 2.45pm on a Friday. The staff were super friendly and helped us select the freshest local dishes. Would highly recommend this place.

Thank Smeraldorosso
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The Rivers is a very popular bar and restaurant. Food is great with sizable portions. Very busy on the night we visited.

Thank yzowl
Reviewed 10 June 2018 via mobile

Have been here once before and wanted to come back again. The staff are amazing, especially Jo who is so welcoming and certainly an asset to the restaurant. Thanks Jo for being the best waitress. The rivers offers good value food. The atmosphere is great....More

Thank Judye09
Reviewed 3 June 2018 via mobile

We were staying at Portside Hotel so The Rivers was a short walk away. It looked pretty quiet from the outside but once we were in the bar was full. A lot of booked tables so we were lucky to get a table. Food was...More

Thank CarlaT81Reviewer
Reviewed 27 May 2018 via mobile

Went with friends. Very attractive decor. Meal was fantastic. Guinness steak pie is a speciality and was without parallel! Highly recommend.

Thank Bill R
Reviewed 23 May 2018

We had a 7:00 PM booking and the place was completely full when we got there except for the small table they saved for us. I had the deep fried platter with samosas, spring rolls, calamari, chicken and potatoes. My wife had a huge Caesar...More

Thank DarylJ552
Reviewed 18 May 2018 via mobile

Great place, like an old English pub restaurant, with dark features and setting which I love, situated right beside the lake so you can walk off the great meals they serve at a reasonable price with great service.

Thank Timetravela1
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Christy M
18 September 2016|
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Response from GisBrit | Reviewed this property |
Well being from England myself then yeah I would. Then you won't be disappointed. If you do then they will stick a 'reserve' on a good table for you. It's a great pub and the Guinness is very good every time. Also could... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$7 - US$20
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Bar Scene, Local cuisine
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Cnr Gladstone Rd & Reads Qy, Gisborne, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Gisborne Region  >  Gisborne
  • Phone Number: +64 8633733
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